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Cortisol Connection: Why Stress Makes You Fat and Ruins Your Health - And What You Can Do about It [Paperback]

Shawn Talbott
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28 Jun 2007
Cortisol is the body's main stress hormone, prompting our fight or flight mechanism when dealing with a highly stressful situation, like being chased by a lion. However, the human body was made to deal with short bursts of stress (like being chased by a lion), not prolonged, continuous levels of stress (like mortgage payments, project deadlines and traffic jams). This kind of stress causes the body's cortisol levels to rise and scientific research has shown that high cortisol levels are associated with obesity, diabetes, fatigue and even Alzheimer's disease. This new edition of the CORTISOL CONNECTION describes the results of the latest research about the connection between cortisol and HSD, and cortisol and testosterone. If we keep cortisol and HSD and testosterone within normal ranges, we're able to maximize the metabolic effect of diet and exercise regimen and improve weight loss. In the first edition, Talbott introduced his 'SENSE' program that teaches participants how to manage stress and reduce cortisol levels. The program has been refined in the second edition with the help of the new research and the results of Talbott's test of the SENSE program over the past 5 years he knows it works. For the past 5 years, he has been actively researching (and refining and tweaking) this popular program to make it more and more effective in helping people to lose weight.

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  • Paperback: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Hunter House; 2 edition (28 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089793492X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897934923
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 16.9 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
This book has been a real find for me! I think I must have read pretty much every book ever published (well, since 1999, anyway) about metabolic disorders, their causes and how to treat them. None of them told me anything I hadn't already worked out for myself about nutrition, the endocrine system, adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism and the value of a healthy lifestyle.

However, my life is stress on a stick, has been for years and I can't change that at the moment so all the mellifluous theory spouted in those books didn't help me at all. I knew part of my trouble is a dysfunctional thyroid gland but I also knew through bitter experience that merely taking thyroxine and dieting isn't the answer to weight loss or feeling better than I have been.

This book addresses its readers with the assumption that we actually have some intelligence, rather than talking to us as we're half witted. Starting from a standpoint that assumes stress is a given in all our lives, it delves much more deeply than all the other books into the background causes of metabolic dysfunction, including the effect stress has on hidden cell activity, tipping the balance of testosterone and cortisol ratios in the blood until we're merely exhausted fat-making machines instead of the vital, busy, healthy people we used to be.

It also dismisses the theory so many books support - that we need to up our exercise regime to ridiculously unmanageable levels to lose weight; in most cases, if we had the time to do two hours of bench pressing or jogging each day, we probably wouldn't be in the state we're currently in. Interestingly, the author also describes how too much exercise-based stress can work against your health and well being.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Smoke without Fire 21 July 2010
Ignore the American style hype in the language and look at the facts. There is some serious research here on a subject that recieved more attention in the world of sports medicine than it will ever get in the Doctor's Surgery. Why?

Because the Doctors are pumped full of adverts by pharmaceutical companies that want to sell them AntiDepressants and Tranquilizers and Statins and AntiHypertensives and various other patent medicines for Type 2 Diabetes as well. The whole nine yards of medication for Syndrome X (stressed out middle aged fat people with blood pressure and heart disease) also known as "most of the world" and at least 25% of the population of the US.

Sports Medicine however needed a way to get its Athletes who earn millions out of the downward spiral that High Intensity Workouts over a long period produce. The elevated Cortisol levels caused by extreme exercise cause syndrome x even in these very healthy individuals who eat sensilbly and do excercise which is what the Government tells you is supposed to fix Syndrome X.

This is exactly the same downward sprial as caused by stress in the modern world that leads to Syndrome X and which a sedentary lifestyle and junk food make happen so much faster in the ordinary population. But the outcome is the same for the athletes they got fatigued, had raised blood pressure, lowered insulin sensitivity etc despite the healthy lifestyle.

Where as you and I take a sicky and get some drugs from the Doctor that reduce the symptoms and find a less stressfull job this is not an option for a 50,000 a week footballer at the top of his career nor is it one his managers want so they tried to find what no drug company wants: a cure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative 25 Mar 2013
By Dawn
This book is very informative. After being diagnosed with cushings disease I wanted to read up on the affects of raised cortisol. This book explains the right supplements to take. What you should eat and how to manage stress and very detailed description of cortisol and the complications associated with it. Would defo recommend!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nope, didn't do it for me. 26 Nov 2011
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This book was less than useless. Besides the extraordinarily illuminating advice to eat healthy and exercise (really? so THATS how you lose weight, why did no one tell me this before?)the author advises taking a bucket load of suppliments every day, which are really expensive. So I did, for three months. Did anything happen? No. I didn't lose any more weight than just by eating a healthy diet and moving. And I am rather suspicious about the fact that the author claims weight loss research will target cortisol production and by 2010 there would be a pill to fix obesity. Well obviously the research proved a dead end, cause here we are in 2011 (almost 2012) and it hasn't panned out yet. Save your money, besides the suppliments, this book is pretty much like any other diet book.
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